April is National Autism Awareness Month.

April 2010 will be the first National Autism Awareness Month since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised the autism prevalence rate to 1 in 110 children.

At no other point in recent history has the need for autism awareness been so important.

Prior to 2009 the autism prevalence rate was at 1 in 150 children.

Autism Statistics from the CDC

Ten communities participated in a study and found a 57 percent increase; with one community reporting a 95 percent increase in autism cases.

What causes autism?” Unfortunately, no one knows the answer but many possible causes are being researched.

Autism diagnoses are much more common in males than in females. According to a 2006 study results, one in 70 boys in the nation have an autism diagnosis while only 1 in 315 girls are on the autism spectrum.

Read more at: National Autism Awareness Month 2010: ASD Statistics from the CDC, Ticket to Ride, and Bounce for Autism http://autismaspergerssyndrome.suite101.com/article.cfm/national_autism_awareness_month_2010#ixzz0mKkhjulY

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Comment by Rubye Dext on May 13, 2011 at 12:14am
Studies from various countries are indicating that autism rates among children might be greater than current estimates. A study from South Korea is being released which contends that it is more common than most think. The study found that more children really had autism than were diagnosed with autism among the general population. The study implies that several children are not diagnosed, though they have an autism disorder. I found this here: Autism rates could be higher than previously thought
Comment by Nefertiti Seretse-Khama on April 30, 2010 at 10:30am
Thank you guys for all the info. I would like to keep in touch. I really could use the help. And to top all this off with all that's going on my my daughter(s) my husband wants a divorce. I could use all the support I can get.
Comment by lashawndra dickerson on April 29, 2010 at 4:57pm
36 VACCINES COME ON PEOPLE MY DAUGHTER IS ON THE SPECTRUM. I NOTICE CHANGES AFTER SHE WAS VACCINATED FOR THE MMR! WE HAVE SPEECH,ABA,OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY 5 DAYS A WEEK SHE IS CURRENTLY IN SCHOOL K5 PAST ALL THE TEST TO GET IN K5 BUT WAS DIAGNOSED AT AGE 6 IN SPECIAL ED NOW SHE IS STARTING TO PROGRESS WITH COMMUNICATION/SOCIAL SKILLS. SHE HAS SENSITIVITY TO SOUND,TASTE AND TOUCH. DIET IS KEY AS WELL YOU NEED TO DETOX YOUR CHILD GET WITH A DAN DOCTOR B/F YOU START ANYTHING OR GO TO AUSTIUM SPEAK WEBSITE THEY HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WILL HELP YOU.
Comment by Tangie on April 29, 2010 at 3:02pm
Nefertiti,
Sensory "issues" are very common. Instead of working against it, work with it. It'll make a difference in most things she does. We just figured out that our son wasn't writing because he didn't like the was the pencil feels in his hand. We have to wrap it in Velcro for him to hold it. Embrace the face that she loves hair and use it to develop her speech and social skills. It's so nice to be able to share with another mother...I'm glad this board was posted.
Comment by Nefertiti Seretse-Khama on April 29, 2010 at 9:15am
It can be view for others to see
Comment by Nefertiti Seretse-Khama on April 29, 2010 at 9:14am
I too have a daughter her name is naima and she was diagnosed when she was 2 yrs old. And then they tested her again before she started Pre-K they said that she had Autism Specturm Disorder. That meaning that my daughter shows certain signs of the disorder. Like she spin around and stands and walks on her tippy toes and her speech was behind. I have her special education classes a speech therapist would come to our house. Now that she is in school, I see a huge improvement. She talking and saying more words and she always love to be around people and play with kids but sometimes she would space-out and be in her own little world and also she has this thing where she loves to play with peoples hair and she has a dora doll that she loves to carry around and rubs the dolls hair. They also think that she has a sensory problem. Because she like certain textures of fabric and foods
Comment by Tangie on April 28, 2010 at 6:48pm
Our youngest son was diagnosed as autistic & adhd last year. I can tell you that the knowledge and support is not in our community. A lot of people blame diet & nutrition, changing the diet can help, but it's not as simple as that. There's NOTHING simple about having a child with autism- NOTHING. The emotions are overwhelming and neverending. Please, Please, Please have a show about autism. Holly Robinson-Peete is a wonderful spokesperson on the subject.
Comment by debra cox on April 28, 2010 at 1:56am
HELLO TO MY NEW EXTENDED FAMILY...I HAVE A AUTISTIC SON..HE IS 5 AND SOMETIMES IT DOES BECOME A STRUGGLE TO MAKE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS NOT THE AVERAGE CHILD....HE DOES THINGS IN A REPETATIVE MANNER...HE WILL WATCH A MOVIE BUT WILL ONLY FIND A CERTAIN SOUND OR SCENE AND WILL REWIND OVER AND OVER...I HAVE GOTTEN REPLACEMENTS ON 3 PORTABLE DVD PLAYER'S SINCE DEC. 09...HE WILL EAT ONLY CERTAIN FOODS THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE DAY....HE IS TWICE THE SIZE OF AN AVERAGE 5 YEAR OLD,THE BIGGEST IN HIS CLASS......HIS ATTENTION SPAN IS VERY SHORT...THE LIST GOES ON AND ON BUT THERE IS ONE THING I DO KNOW.. I WOULDN'T CHANGE A THING ABOUT HIM BECAUSE HE IS A JOY TO BE AROUND DESPITE THE FACT THAT HALF THE TIME HE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND HIM...HE IS A HAPPY CHILD


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